With no current player on the Oregon roster wearing #47, we decided to go with a blast from the past with Kiko Alonso. Alonso is the last player to don the #47 jersey for the Ducks not currently on the roster.
Before joining the Ducks, Alonso was one of the top prep linebackers out of California for the 2008 recruiting class. Alonso finished his senior season with a surreal 150 tackles (81 unassisted, 69 assisted) and was highly consistent, recording 10+ tackles in 12 games. He also recorded 27 sacks, third on the team. Offensively, Alonso recorded 35 receptions for 559 yards and seven total touchdowns.
In 2008, Alonso spent his first season in Eugene as a redshirt while also an active member of the scout team. He earned special teams scout team player of the week against Arizona.
In 2009, Alsono was the Ducks’ main reserve at middle linebacker behind future NFLer Casey Matthews. After missing the opening game of the season, Alonso saw action in the remaining 12 games recording 16 tackles (13 unassisted, three assisted), one tackle for loss and one forced fumble. While his contributions on defense were great, his greatest impact came in special teams coverage.
In 2010, Alonso sat out the entire season in rehabilitation.
In 2011, Alonso had a breakout season for the Ducks finishing with 46 tackles (28 unassisted, 18 assisted), six tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions. His career game came in a Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin with five tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and one huge interception that changed the complexion of the game. He was honored as the Rose Bowl Defensive Player of the Game.
In 2012, Alonso had one of the best individual seasons by an Oregon linebacker in quite some time. He finished the season with 81 tackles (58 unassisted, 23 assisted), 14.0 tackles for loss, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. He had a career-high 10 tackles against Washington with 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack in the game. He finished the season second-team All-Pac-12.
Following his career with the Ducks, Alonso’s efforts were good enough to get him drafted in the second round (No. 46 overall pick) by the Buffalo Bills. He signed a four-year contract with the Bills.